Fujiwara no Michimasa

Fujiwara no Michimasa

 

Fujiwara no Michimasa

Fujiwara no Michimasa (藤原 道雅) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch, living from 992-1054AD.

He was the son of Fujiwara no Korechika and acted as Master of west Kyoto (Sakyo no Taifu) during his lifetime. He was later removed from the position by Fujiwara no Michinaga after an affair with Princess Masako.

By 1016 he turned to live a reclusive life.

We can find seven of his poems in the Imperial Anthologies and one of his poems (No.63) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
今はただ
思ひ絶えなむ
とばかりを
人づてならで
いふよしもがな
Ima wa tada
omoitaenan
to bakari o
hitozute narade
iu yoshi mogana
Rather than hearing it from others,
somehow I want to find a way
to tell you myself,
just one thing -
'Now I must give you up!'

Footnotes

1. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
2. Suzuki, H. et al. (1997) ”Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”. Tokyo: Bun’eidō.

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Fujiwara no Michimasa